Amex Membership Rewards Get New Transfer Partner

Aer Lingus was just added as a 1:1 transfer partner for American Express Membership Rewards.
Complete List of Membership Reward Partners
Membership Rewards can be transferred to 18 airline and two hotel loyalty programs at the moment.

Membership Rewards Partner Transfer Rate
AeroMexico1,000=1,600
Aeroplan1,000=1,000
Avianca 1,000=1,000
Alitalia1,000=1,000
ANA1,000=1,000
Cathay Pacific1,000=1,000
British Airways 1,000=1,000
El Al1,000=20
Emirates1,000=1,000
Etihad1,000=1,000
Flying Blue1,000=1,000
Hawaiian 1,000=1,000
Iberia 1,000=1,000
JetBlue 250=200
Singapore1,000=1,000
Virgin Atlantic1,000=1,000
Choice Privileges 1,000=1,000
Hilton 1,000=2,000

Like British Airways and Iberia, Aer Lingus is owned by IAG, so it was already possible to circuitously transfer Membership Rewards via Iberia or British Airways Avios. Members of AerClub also earns rewards called Avios, that while a separate rewards program from Iberia Avios or BA Avios, has similar rules and redemption rates that are distance-based.

This Summer: Flat Bed Business Space West Coast Dublin Only 46k Points

Aer Lingus has two Business Class award seats open on a good amount of flights between Los Angeles/San Francisco and Dublin this July and August. It costs 70k United miles to book, or just 46k SPG points transferred to British Airways Avios with the current 35% transfer bonus from hotel programs.

Seven North American Cities to Ireland for 13k Miles Most of Year

Bad news, good news:

The bad news is that the year-round 12,500 Avios award from Boston to Dublin or Shannon, Ireland on Aer Lingus is dead.

The good news is that those awards from Boston as well as awards from New York, Newark, Hartford, Toronto, Washington-Dulles, and Chicago to Ireland are now only 13,000 Avios for more than two-thirds of the year.

British Airways Buying Aer Lingus? What Does It Mean for Your Miles?

Ireland's government announced its approval for IAG--the parent company of British Airways, Iberia, and Vueling--to purchase Aer Lingus, the flag carrier of Ireland. The Irish government owns a 25% stake in Aer Lingus.

Other shareholders, including Ryanair which owns a 30% stake in Aer Lingus, have not weighed in, but if the deal goes through it will have a big effect on your miles.

Right now Aer Lingus is not a member of any airline alliance.

British Airways Buying Aer Lingus Would Be Terrible for Your Miles

Aer Lingus has decided to accept IAG's takeover bid, which would mean that one company would own the flag carriers of the United Kingdom, Spain, and Ireland, since IAG already owns British Airways and Iberia.

The deal is far from done because the Irish government owns a 25% stake in Aer Lingus and governments always seem to fear losing control of their home airline.

Take Your Whole Family to Europe This Summer

Aer Lingus, a partner of United MileagePlus and British Airways Avios, debuts a Washington-Dulles to Dublin route on May 1, 2015.

New Dreamliner Flight LAX to Europe with Tons of Award Space

Update 10/23/14: Commenter Jeremy finds the award space now on aeroplan.com, and I can confirm that the space on these Ethiopian flights is now bookable and is still excellent! (None of the rest of the post has been updated to reflect this information.)

Ethiopian Airlines will begin flying Los Angeles to Dublin to Addis Ababa in June 2015 with a 787 Dreamliner.

Fully Flat Business Class to Europe for 37,500 Miles

Update 12/16/15: Avios devalued its Business Class award chart. The formerly 25,000-Avios awards now cost 37,500 Avios.

Aer Lingus will upgrade its Business Class seats to fully flat beds in 2015.

Three Reasons Los Angeles to London is the Best Value Transatlantic Flight

Yesterday I wrote that The Best Value Flight Across the Atlantic Has Almost No Premium Award Space.